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The byssus is a set of elastic or calcified fibers secreted by a gland in the foot, used to anchor the bivalve to a hard substrate. All bivalves have gills (also called ctenidia), which they use for respiration; most species also use them for feeding. The mantle is a complex sheet of tissue consisting of soft exterior membranes that secrete the shell and usually form a cavity – the mantle cavity – that encloses the gills and other organs, and which produces and enlarges the shell by secreting new shell material at the free edge. Bivalves (also known as “pelecypods” or, in older literature, “lamellibranchs”) are a very diverse and abundant group of mollusks. This separates the outer portion of the shell (which contains the lophophore) from the inner section – which contains the rest of the animal’s body. Exterior to these crystal layers is a usually uncalcified, thick or thin layer of organic material (the periostracum (see below; not well-developed in Mercenaria). (2015) in PLOS ONE. The most accurate but most time-consuming method is the microscopic examination of sections through the outer prismatic layer of the shell. The pen shell Atrina pectinata (Pinnidae) has two different shell microstructures, the nacreous and prismatic layers. Allmon, W. D., and P. M. Mikkelsen. This allows investigation of a wide variety of topics in extinct species, from growth rates to heterochrony in evolution. In those animals with a siphon, the pallial sinus of the siphon, which will be present on both the left and right valves, will point towards the animal's posterior— such valves are called sinopalliate. Difference between a bivalve mollusk (left two diagrams), in which the plane of symmetry (blue line) is usually between the valves and corresponds with the commissure, and a brachiopod (right two diagrams) in which the plane of symmetry is usually across the valves. the shell of a bivalve mollusk.The shell of a bivalve has two valves and these are joined together by the ligament at the dorsal edge of the shell. Middle: The geoduck Panopea sp., whose siphon is so large that it cannot be fully retracted into the shell; image by The Evergreen State College (Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license). Image by "Shellnut" (Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license; image cropped and label added). The two halves of the shell are joined by a ligamentous hinge and held shut by a pair of strong adductor muscles. The mantle lobes secrete the valves, and the mantle crest creates the other parts. [3], The hinge teeth (dentition) or lack of them is an important feature of bivalve shells. Species with two approximately equal-sized adductor muscles are called isomyarian; those with two unequal muscles are anisomyarian; those with only one muscle, including oysters and scallops, are monomyarian. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Feeding type(s): mostly suspension feeders; some deposit feeders and carnivores. (1895; Molluscs) (Wikimedia Commons; public domain). ), and have a pair of shells (called valves), which enclose a laterally compressed soft body, and are usually connected by a hinge and a flexible ligament. This layer is made of a very hard substance but very susceptible to … It is a substrate upon which calcium carbonate can be deposited by the outer surface of the outer mantle fold. The Noah's Ark clam Arca noae has been used to compare these methods: the annual growth rings on the exterior of the valves can be counted at one per year and give a satisfactory result, but sometimes spurts of growth occur which may create an extra ring and cause confusion. The valves consist of layers of crystals of the mineral calcite or aragonite. Notice that this pink line is perpendicular to the feint lines of the shell, which show grow within each year. Bivalve shells are collected by professional and amateur conchologists and are sometimes harvested for commercial sale in the international shell trade or for use in glue, chalk, or varnish, occasionally to the detriment of the local ecology. Access here. Four types of bivalve gills: protobranch, filibranch, eulamellibranch, and septibranch (the latter three are all forms of autobranch gills). Bivalve siphons are attached to the shell by siphonal retractor muscles, which are enlarged parts of the pallial muscles. These scars indicate the position of the muscles in the bivalve's body, as well as the overall sizes of the muscles (see additional discussion of the muscles themselves below). Molluscan shells are known to be composed of CaCO 3 crystals embedded in a thin organic cell-free matrix layer that is essential for controlling the shell biomineral deposition. Photographs by Warren D. Allmon. Right: Ruditapes philippinarum with separate incurrent and excurrent siphons extended; image by Stefan Didam (Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license). oysters) or both calcite and aragonite, usually with the aragonite forming an inner layer, as is the case with the Pteriida which have this layer in the form of nacre or mother of pearl. Video shows a cockle using its foot to escape a sea star predator. Photograph by "Shellnut" (Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license). The valves of the shell are made of either calcite (as with, e.g. Cross-section through the shell of Cucullaea raea (Superfamily Arcoidea; Eocene, Seymour Island, Antarctica). The shell ends up with three layers that support and protect the clam inside the shell. Fossil and modern bivalve shells can yield information about their chronological age at death through the methods of sclerochronology. Waste material exits from the stomach via the intestine, a usually long and coiled tube that extends ventrally into the visceral mass and dorsal part of the foot. (1) Warren D. Allmon (Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York) and Paula M. Mikkelsen (Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois). bivalves In bivalve: The shell The periostracum, the outermost organic layer, is secreted by the inner surface of the outer mantle fold at the mantle margin. Particular strengths conferred by different crystal layer arrangements help bivalves adapt to a variety of environments. umbones). The adductor muscles are what allow the bivalve to close the shell tightly. Another method is the examination of the growth lines and bands seen in acetate peel replicas taken in the region of the umbones. If you hold a Mercenaria with both valves with the umbo pointing away from you and the shell margins down, the valve on the right is conventionally referred to as the right valve, and the valve on the left is the left valve. Relative to the outer layer of the mollusc shell, the position of the periostracum. In life, the shell of this class of mollusks is composed of two hinged parts or valves. Bivalves are members of the phylum Mollusca, which also includes cephalopods (squids, octopuses, nautiloids, and ammonoids), gastropods (snails, slugs, and nudibranchs), scaphopods (tusk shells), polyplacophorans (chitons), the extinct rostroconchs, and three “minor” groups, the monoplacophorans, Caudofoveata, and Solenogastres (the latter two are generally collectively called “aplacophorans”). Although these growth lines look rather like tree rings, they do not necessarily reflect years of growth (see Sclerochronology, below). They have a long and rich fossil record that illustrates their complex evolutionary history. Figure from Yamanashi et al. Width of specimen is approximately 10 cm. This exoskeleton serves not only for muscle attachment, but also for protection from predators and from mechanical damage. (2000) for more information. In most species the valves are approximately the same size, but in some they are unequal, a condition called inequivalve. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Growth increments form the growth lines that are usually visible on the outside of the shell, and also when the shell is sliced across those lines, from umbo to the shell margin. Sturm, C. F., T. A. Pearce, and A. Valdes. Also, in those bivalves with two adductor muscle scars of different sizes, the posterior scar will be the larger of the two and will be visible on both valves— this condition is referred to as being anisomyarian; if the scars are of equal size, this is termed isomyarian; if the valve has only one muscle scar, this is termed monomyarian. Farrow , G. E. , 1972 . All bivalves have a single pair of gills, each of which is composed of a curtain of filaments and attached dorsally within the mantle cavity. A bivalve shell is part of the body, the exoskeleton or shell, of a bivalve mollusk. The periostracum, the outermost organic layer, is secreted by the inner surface of the outer mantle fold at the mantle margin. The bivalve shell is usually composed of several layers of crystals of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3). Browse. Digging happens by pumping blood into the foot which expands the end and acts as an anchor; pedal retractor muscles then pull the bivalve into the substrate. Bivalve: Mercenaria mercenaria (PRI 76728) The mantle also usually forms the siphons, usually through fusion of the edges of the mantle, although some species make siphons from mucus tubes. In addition, the water flows through incurrent siphon ventrally and exit out of the body through excurrent dorsally to the body. The Digital Atlas of Ancient Life project is managed by the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. In fact, the only major feature that all mollusks possess is a sheet of tissue covering the body called the mantle, which (in most) covers the viscera and gills, and secretes the shell. If a valve has neither notch nor comb nor sinus, and the auricles are of the same size, it is likely to be a left valve. Torreites sanchezi, the prehistoric bivalve, formed sedimentary bands along its shell—similar to the rings we use to age trees. (Drawing by Christi Sobel; modified from Barnes, 1980.). INTRODUCTION. Width of specimen is approximately 10 cm. These adaptations serve as lures to attract real fish, which are hosts for the bivalve's parasitic larvae. Right image from Cooke et al. The incurrent siphon brings water and suspended food into the mantle cavity, and the excurrent siphon carries out water and waste. (2016) in PLoS ONE; Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Those rings are also called umbones. The three main structures—the periostracum, prismatic, and nacreous layers—were visualized in a sequential path from the ventral margin toward the intrapallial regions. They are generally conservative within major groups, and have historically provided a convenient means upon which to base classification schemes and the phylogenetic order. The mantle secretes the layers of the shell, including the inner nacreous, or pearly, layer. Shell microstructure can differ dramatically among the members of different molluscan groups. The ligament is made of a strong, flexible and elastic, fibrous, proteinaceous material which is usually pale brown, dark brown or black in color. The oldest known fossil bivalves come from rocks of Early Cambrian age. [5] These uses include: A glossary of terms used to describe bivalves: [1]. Early rings may get worn away near the umbones and the narrow rings near the margin may be difficult to interpret in fully grown individuals. In life, the shell of this class of mollusks is composed of two hinged parts or valves. The mantle is attached to the shell ventrally along the pallial line which is generally parallel to the commissure (see images above). Some of the external shell features of the bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria, including the valves, commissure, and umbones. Blue arrows indicate movement of water. Diagrams showing how mantle fusion forms siphons in many infaunal bivalves (shell removed). The shells of bivalves commonly wash up on beaches (often as separate valves) and along the edges of lakes, rivers, and streams. The shell. The bivalves, like clams, are specialists at this type of feeding. Bivalves are very common in essentially all aquatic locales, including saltwater, brackish water, and freshwater. Insoluble layers in some bivalve shells resisted the chemical attack of shell-boring gastropods. This discrepancy may be exacerbated by rapid growth. Unlike all other mollusks, bivalves lack a distinct head with all of its associated organs (tentacles, radula, etc. Although shells are common for mollusks, not all have shells. Scientists believe that early ancestors of bivalves had heads, like their close relatives the snails, but that bivalves have lost the feature. Such valves may also have a distinctive "comb" or ctinoleum within the byssal notch on the right valve. Autobranch gills are usually used for suspension feeding in addition to respiration. • in middle and inner layers of shells • strongest form of microstructure in tension, compression and bending. The majority of production is from natural populations although increasingly stocks are approaching or have exceeded maximum sustainable yields. Photograph (left) and drawing (right) of a blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) secured to a rock by its byssal fibers. Class Bivalvia: Introduction and Morphology ←– 1. 1 from Gao et al. Image by Jonathan R. Hendricks (Redrawn from Pojeta, 1987). In some bivalves the mantle edges fuse to form siphons, which take in and expel water during suspension feeding. In most bivalves, the plane of symmetry is between the two valves (that is, the shells lie laterally on the body, and the right and left sides are nearly symmetrical, whereas in most brachiopods it is across the valves (i.e., the valves lie dorsally and ventrally on the body). The bivalve shell is usually composed of several layers of crystals of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Dorsally (toward the hinge) the mantle is fused to the visceral mass and forms its integument; ventrally (toward the commissure) the mantle surrounds the open space of the mantle cavity. This is the area of the shell which touches the clam and connects the clam to the shell. Left: Bivalve with completely unfused mantle edge. Image by Harry Rose (flickr; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license; label identifying periostracum added). This chapter was first publicly shared on October 30, 2020; it was last updated by the authors on November 2, 2020. The bivalve shell is secreted by various parts of the mantle. They are the reason a bivalve shell keeps on growing with its inhabitant. "Visualization of Freshwater Mussel Water Movement from In-current Siphon to Ex-current Siphon" by Jared McGovern (YouTube). Growth occurs only at the margin of the shell, where new shell material is added by folds at the edge of the mantle (see below) (although thickening of the shell occurs on its inner surface across the upper surface of the mantle). An elastic ligament connects the two valves, allowing them to spring open when the adductor muscles relax. Scanning electron photomicrograph of the prodissoconch of the modern bivalve Nuculana acuta. The pallial line represents the attachment of the soft tissues to the interior of the shell; an embayment (pallial sinus) is present posteriorly in siphon-bearing bivalves, into which the siphons contract when the shell is closed. A bivalve's two valves are connected by a hinge with a series of interlocking teeth and sockets that keep the valves aligned, especially when opening and closing. The mantle secretes the layers of the shell, including the inner nacreous, or pearly, layer. The periostracum is a thin organic coating or "skin" which is the outermost layer of the shell of many shelled animals, including molluscs and brachiopods. Periostracum is an integral part of the shell, and it forms as the shell forms, along with … In some groups of cemented bivalves the lower or cemented valve is the left valve, in others it is the right valve. Mollusk shells are made of a chalky material called calcium carbonate. The shells of bivalves commonly wash up on beaches (often as separate valves) and along the edges of lakes, rivers, and streams. Left image source: "Pallbo" (Wikimedia Commons; public domain). The valves are composed of three layers, similar to mollusk shells; the outer layer is composed of proteins, the middle layer is comprised of calcium carbonate, and the inner layer consists of a mixture of calcium and protein. At first glance, bivalves do not appear to have much in common with these other groups besides having a shell made of calcium carbonate, which most possess. The two shell valves are held together at the animal's dorsum by the ligament, which is composed of the tensilium and resilium. Whereas the main shell layer consisting of the hard mineral aragonite (chemically CaCO 3) is mechanically very hard, on the other hand it is very susceptible to chemical corrosion.The shell skin, on the other hand, may be mechanically very weak, but it is quite unsusceptible to chemical corrosion and thus protects the shell layer below. "Cockle Jumping" by Fritz Rivera (YouTube). This feature of the internal anatomy of a bivalve is clearly indicated on the interior of the shell surface as a pallial sinus, an indentation in the pallial line. Fig. The inner fold is usually the thickest and is muscular. If symmetrical front-to-back, the valves are said to be equilateral, and are otherwise considered inequilateral. Siphons in several burrowing infaunal modern species. Learn more about biogeochemical analysis of fossil samples in the Paleoecology chapter of the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life. Some of the external shell features of the bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria, including the lunule, escutcheon, and umbo. The lower, curved margin is the ventral side. The representative combinations can be summarized from the outer to the inner surface are as follows. For assistance with illustrations, we are grateful to Alexandra Allmon, James Crampton, Katy Estes-Smargiassi, Liz Harper, Jon Hendricks, Carole Hickman, Linda Ivany, Claudia Johnson, Carlie Pietsch, Elizabeth Petsios, Gary Rosenberg, Leslie Skibinski, Christi Sobel, Chelsea Steffes, Jennifer Tegan, Vicky Wang, and Alex Zimmerman. For example, this is where the tentacles and eyes of scallops are located. In species with a large siphon the pallial line shows an embayment (the pallial sinus) which allows for connection of larger retractor muscles. This clam was at least ten years old. Palaeontology 15.7 (1972): 5. Soft anatomy of the hard-shelled clam, Mercenaria mercenaria. Shells without a pallial sinus are termed integripalliate— such animals (as mentioned, the scallops as well as some other groups) often have a byssal notch present on the anterior end of the right valve (only), and the anterior auricles or "wings" of both valves will be either larger than, or equal to, the posterior ones. Bivalves by definition possess two shells or valves, a "right valve" and a "left valve", that are joined by a lig… Interactive 3D model of a fossil specimen of the bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria from the Quaternary of St. Mary’s County, Maryland (PRI 76728), with external shell features annotated. Composition is group-specific, but the major categories include: 1) nacreous layers (nacre or mother-of-pearl), always innermost, composed of tablet-shaped crystals of aragonite; 2) crossed-lamellar layers, the most common type, composed of crystals of aragonite obliquely positioned at angles to one another; 3) prismatic layers of columnar-oriented crystals of calcite or aragonite; 4) foliate layers, composed of sheet-like crystals of calcite, similar to nacre but differing in composition; and 5) homogenous layers of granular calcite or aragonite, lacking obvious crystalline structure. The shell has three layers for extra strength: a tough outer layer, a chalky middle layer, and a shiny inner layer, next to the animal’s skin. The outermost layer of the shell is known as the periostracum and is composed of a horny organic substance. Image by "Mayscallop" (Wikimedia Commons; public domain). The top panel shows the carbon isotopes accumulated in the shell of the Tridacna clam. With few exceptions, the known examples of bivalve sexual dimorphism are either of dwarf males, or of ovoviviparous species that nurse their young in the marsupium (e.g. Photographs by Jonathan R. Hendricks. Species which live buried in sediment usually have long siphons, and when the bivalve needs to close its shell, these siphons retract into a pocket-like space in the mantle. Bivalves include clams, scallops, mussels, oysters, and their relatives. View Google Privacy Policy. Using more than one of these methods should increase the accuracy of the result. 2006. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bivalve_shell&oldid=989241182, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 November 2020, at 21:18. The bivalve shell is made of calcium carbonate embedded in an organic matrix secreted by the mantle. Growth lines parallel to the shell margins mark increments of growth of the shell, similar to tree rings. This technique uses the temperature-dependence of the ratio between two stable (i.e., non-radioactive) isotopes of oxygen when it is incorporated into the calcium carbonate (CaCO3) of the bivalve shell. Bivalves are very common in essentially all aquatic locales, including saltwater, brackish water, and freshwater. Published caption: "δ13Cshell and δ18Oshell profiles of a Tridacna derasa shell (KTd-1). Nacreous and prismatic layer-specific matrix proteins have been reported in Pteriidae bivalves, but remain unclear in Pinnidae. The two siphonal tubes can be separate or fused together. An exception is provided by several remarkably preserved specimens of Laevitrigonia gibbosa from the Jurassic of England, which show evidence of gills and other soft parts. Pink line indicates the sampling transect." Laevitrigonia gibbosa from the Upper Jurassic of England (ANSP 78266). Growth lines on a specimen of Mercenaria mercenaria from the Quaternary of St. Mary’s County, Maryland (PRI 76728), with external shell features annotated. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Palaeontology , 14 , 571 – 588 . In life the ligament opens the shell (like a bent eraser in a door hinge), and the adductor muscle or muscles close the shell (like a person pulling the door closed by the handle). The position of this line is often quite clearly visible on the inside of each valve of a bivalve shell, as a shiny line, the pallial line, which runs along a small distance in from the outer edge of each valve, usually joining the anterior adductor muscle scar to the posterior adductor muscle scar. There may be as many as 50,000 described living species of bivalves (estimates of the diversity of living species range from 7500 to about 50,000; see Huber, 2010; Ponder et al., 2020) and over 42,000 described fossil species (Pojeta, 1987). Evolutionary History of Bivalves– 4. Along with the hinge teeth, the ligament forms the hinge system that holds the two shell valves together. Drawings by Christi Sobel, based on Beerbower (1968) and Ponder et al. A bivalve shell is part of the body, the exoskeleton or shell, of a bivalve mollusk. The shell has several layers, and is typically made of calcium carbonate precipitated out into an organic matrix. The mantle covers the body and secretes the shell. The main part of a bivalve's shell is made from aragonite, a mineral of calcium carbonate in prism-shaped crystals. Image from Ivany et al., 2011 (fig. Thick fold of tissue forming two lateral lobes; it envelops the organic mass of the mollusk and secretes its shell. The shell has three layers for extra strength: a tough outer layer, a chalky middle layer, and a shiny inner layer, next to the animal’s skin. The name "bivalve" refers to the two-part shell that characterizes these mollusk species. The anterior or front of the shell is where the byssus and foot are located (if the animal has these structures) and the posterior or back of the shell is where the siphon is located (again, if present— the scallops, for example, do not have siphons). This sometimes forms a yellowish or brownish "skin" on the outside of the shell. The valves are made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of the minerals aragonite and/or calcite. The mantle contains pallial muscles, which retract its edge and control the flow of water into and out of the mantle cavity. Bivalvia. Bivalves by definition possess two shells or valves, a "right valve" and a "left valve", that are joined by a ligament. The left and right valves of a Mercenaria shell may be determined by holding the shell with the umbo pointing away from you and the ventral shell margin (i.e., most recent area of shell growth) pointing downward. The ligament can be external or internal (in which case it is called a resilium, with a structure for attachment called a resilifer). Many species of animals have lost body parts during the course of their evolution. The stomach is usually large, and more complex in autobranchs than protobranchs, including sorting areas and ducts to the digestive gland where useable food particles are digested. More elaborate sculpture common in bivalves include commarginal (parallel to the shell edge, like growth lines), radial (from umbo to ventral edge), or in a few, oblique elements. Clade defining feature(s): two hinged shells surrounding a body with large stomach, foot, and filamentous gills; no head or radula. Sheet nacre Lenticular nacre Taylor, John D., and M. Layman. Right: Bivalve with mantle edge fused to form paired siphons. Periostracum on a live individual of the Banded Ark photographed in a tide pool at Mullaway Headland, New South Wales, Australia. Dissected specimens of the clam Mercenaria mercenaria (left) and the oyster Crassostrea virginica (right). Remarkably, the mantles of some freshwater mussels are modified to resemble small fish. The modern hard-shelled clam (also known as the quahog or cherrystone), Mercenaria mercenaria (family Veneridae), is used here as an example of a typical bivalve. Most bivalves have a byssus as larvae, and many lose it as adults. The shells of bivalves are equal sides connected by a hinge. Bivalve mollusc culture is an important and rapidly expanding sector of world aquaculture production, representing approximately 20% of this output at 14 million tonnes in 2000. The bivalve shell is composed of two calcareous valves. Specimen is from the Quaternary of St. Mary’s County, Maryland (PRI 76728), with external shell features annotated. Small denticles or crenulations along the lateral and ventral shell margins also serve to keep the valves aligned upon closure. Some bivalves are symetrical, like clams, while others have different shaped sides, but most have a hinge that connects the two valves. In those animals whose valves have an umbo that seems to "point", that point is most often towards the anterior part of the valve (though there are some exceptions to this rule). The ligament is not normally preserved in fossils, although fossil ligaments are known in exceptional circumstances from as old as the Carboniferous. In: The Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life. One of the other larval stages common in molluscs. It can also function as an escape organ for some epifaunal forms (e.g., cockles, Cardium spp., family Cardiidae). Bivalve shell layers are formed from different pallial fluid sources along different areas of the mantle (Moore, 1969; McConnaughey & Gillikin, 2008), and adjacent points from different layers do not necessarily form at the same time. By taking samples across the shell, a profile of isotopic measurements can determine how many annual temperature cycles the bivalve lived through, and therefore how many years old it was when it died. This specimen shows increments of annual growth. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Large, thick shells and spines protected some, while others hid themselves by burrowing into the sea bed using an extendable muscular 'foot'. The periostracum provides protection against abrasion, and/or camouflage by attached sponges, algae, and other epibionts. Most bivalves have a large foot, which is a muscular and expandable structure in the middle of the mantle cavity. For most of their history, and especially for the past 250 million years, bivalves have been among the most taxonomically diverse and ecologically important groups of animals in the oceans. A virtual collection of interactive 3D models of bivalve specimens is associated with this chapter. "Clam Digs into Sand" by DailyPicksandFlicks (YouTube). On an empty shell these are seen as the pallial line which runs from the … Furthermore, in those animals with a distinct external ligament, the ligament is usually to the posterior side of the umbo of both valves. (Original artwork by Paula Mikkelsen and Lisa Kanellos, Field Museum of Natural History; from Mikkelsen and Bieler (2007), courtesy of Princeton University Press.). Bivalves have two shells or valves connected by a hinge with hinge teeth.They are made of a calcareous mineral, calcite or aragonite.The valves are covered by a periostracum, which is an organic horny substance. The outermost layer of the shell is organic and is called the periostracum. Nacreous Layer The nacreous layer of the clam shell is the innermost layer of the shell. … The top panel shows the carbon isotopes accumulated in the shell of the, Next Section: Bivalve Phylogeny and Classification, https://www.digitalatlasofancientlife.org/learn/mollusca/bivalvia/, Class Bivalvia: Introduction and Morphology ←, Bivalve: Mercenaria mercenaria (PRI 76728), Image source: "Shellnut" (Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license). When a bivalve dies, its adductor muscle(s) relax and the resilium pushes the valves open. (2020.). The bay scallop Argopecten irradians. The shiny layer in some bivalve mollusks is known as mother-of-pearl.

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